Andrey Makarychev
  The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence,...
Andrey Makarychev
  Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an...
Liam O'Shea
(Journal Article) Reform has been relatively successful in Georgia because, after the Rose Revolution, the new government used its dominance of the state to fire a huge number of officers, purge the old leadership, and instigate a crackdown on police corruption and links with organised crime. This...
Anonymous
(WNYC) PONARS Eurasia member and Barnard/Columbia University political science professor Kimberly Marten discussed topics addressed in her book "Warlords: Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States" on New York City's Brian Lehrer radio show. Marten specializes in international relations and international...
Andrey Makarychev
  The Pussy Riot affair comes in different versions: it can be told as a legal case, a moral storyline, or a political gesture. It is this mixture of different genres that makes it so hard to reach a relative consensus in covering the story. But drawing lines between different logics and roles is...
Vladimir Popov
(ISPI Article) When nearly 13 years ago, in 2000, Putin became president for the first time, I wrote a policy memo entitled Why The Russian Economy Is Unlikely to Become a New “Asian Tiger.” In particular, I argued that there is a need to increase government investment into infrastructure (to...
Sufian Zhemukhov Sufian Zhemukhov
Abkhazia has enjoyed the status of a de facto independent state since it won a secessionist war with Georgia in 1992-1993. Six countries, all members of the United Nations, later recognized Abkhazia’s independence after the Russia-Georgia war of 2008. However, Abkhazia lacks broad international...

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